Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Wow, You’ve got Something There! – Small Plates and Rice Pudding from Bambudda


Classic but novel,
Bambudda by Chef Luk yields
great modern Chinese.

Modernity, some non-Chinese ingredients, and classic Chinese flavor combinations and cooking techniques intertwine to form the dishes at Bambudda.  Chef Curtis Luk unravels traditional Chinese cuisine and weaves a new tapestry that is familiar yet new. 

Sampling a fair portion of the menu, the food is firmly rooted in Chinese culinary tradition but heightened by Chef Luk.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Re-Visit: Wow, you've got something there! An Improved Blacktail Experience


Dishes cohesive
Gone the needless trendiness
Straight forward good food

Much has changed at Blacktail since my last visit in July.  The “Florist” has departed and he took his celery with him (thank goodness)!  New chef, Geoff Rogers, quickly re-worked the menu and in short order received praise from Vancouver’s food mavens, Alex Gill and Mia Stainsby.

Despite the complimentary chatter about the revamped Blacktail, I was still hesitant about returning; the place still isn’t cheap.  However, a staff lunch gave me the opportunity to experience the improved Blacktail.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The Meh Files: Kitanoya Guu with Otokomae

Gastown Guu: Some Good
And some not so good dishes,
Average dinner.

For 2015, I’m introducing a new type of post to the blog, The Meh Files.  These write up will be of meals that didn’t wow me or piss me off in some way.  Meals that are neither here nor there but the restaurant is notable enough to warrant a review. 

In the two years and a few months I’ve blogged about food, I’ve been to the various locations of Guu in the city on numerous occasions but not felt compelled to write about it.  Not that any of the meals were bad.  The Guu group is solid and serves tasty food.  However they have been around for so long, their food just doesn’t have the “Wow” factor for me anymore.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Wow, You’ve Got Something There! – Pollo Torta & Everything Else from Molli Café

Molli Café serves
yummy Mexican tortas
near busy Davies.

I have to give a hat tip to Chowhound Vancouver board participant, Grayelf (@grayelfvan), for bringing attention to this small café blocks away from St. Paul's Hospital. 

Molli Café blends into the apartment complex it's located in and doesn't stand out.  I’m sure I would have walk right by it without realizing it serves delicious Mexican food within.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Wow, You’ve Got Something There! – Tacofino Taco Bar


Tacofino, Yeah!
The Taco Bar is rocking,
with Mexican flare.

Originating in Baja California, Mexico and beloved in Southern California, the humble but delicious fish taco has lifted some Tofino locals to lofty heights.  The Tacofino empire has expanded again with a new brick and mortar location in Gastown.

Unlike the Commissary in the East Village neighbourhood where the focus is more Vancouver Westcoast (they serve tater tots and there are lots of Asian influences), the new Tacofino Taco Bar’s menu has a more Mexican bent to it.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Meh Files: Tapas from Espana


Too Much Potatoes,
Too Stingy with Seasoning,
Meh at Espana.

For 2015 I’m introducing a new type of post to the blog, The Meh Files.  These write up will be of meals that didn’t wow me or piss me off in some way.  Meals that are neither here nor there but the restaurant is notable enough to warrant a review. 

One of the most memorable meals I had in 2014 was in Toronto at Bar Isabel.  A restaurant that serves small plates with Spanish influences.  If you venture out that way, I highly recommend a visit and in particular their ceviche (it’s presentation is unique) and the Basque cake.

Unfortunately, Vancouver doesn’t have too many Spanish influenced restaurants.  I was curious to see if I just like Spanish food as a whole or just like Bar Isabel.  With the closure of Le Bodega, the one notable tapas restaurant in town is Espana.